Leeds Lieder announces first live recitals of the 2020-21 season, and among the first socially distanced song recitals outside of London since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic.

All concerts will take place at Leeds Town Hall, 6pm start

Tickets on sale now via the Leeds Town Hall box office: https://www.leedstownhall.co.uk / 0113 376 0318

Please note there is currently the option to book tickets to visit the concert in person or alternatively there is a livestream ticket to watch the concert from your home. These livestreams will be available on demand until Sunday 15th November (00:01 GMT).

Thursday 29th October

Ian Bostridge CBE joins Festival Director Joseph Middleton to perform a work with which he’s become synonymous: Schubert’s Winterreise. “Winterreise is to me the ultimate work that I perform. It’s a work that ranks with the greatest in the operatic and symphonic repertoire.” So writes Ian Bostridge, who stands as one of the foremost Schubertians of our time. A recent performance by Bostridge and Middleton drew particularly enthusiastic reviews: ‘… with an impressive range of dynamics and colour [it] was both exceedingly intense and sincere – a great interpretation.’Their recital is preceded by a recital by Harriet Burns, last heard by Yorkshire audiences at the Leeds Lieder Wigmore Hall masterclass given by our President, the great Dutch soprano Elly Ameling. She will perform Schubert’s Ellens Gesang I, II & III. Her recital for Leeds Lieder takes place under the auspices of Barbara Hannigan’s Momentum Equilibrium initiative.

Friday 30th October

Louise Alder and Joseph Middleton ‘two of classical song’s brightest artists’ (The Guardian) return to Leeds Lieder following the release of their second and much lauded recital CD. Their programme includes Grieg’s Six Songs opus 48 and Rachmaninov’s Six Songs opus 38, repertoire which prompted the Guardian to write of a recent performance: “Alder is in glorious voice, her soprano fresh and untethered…her high notes gleam, and her words are direct and communicative…Middleton’s playing fills in everything those words can’t say, perfectly calibrated to support Alder but huge in its expressive scope.” The recital will end with Alder giving her first performance of Strauss’stranscendental Four Last Songs.  Before Alder performs, ENO Harewood Artist Benson Wilson gives a recital of English and Samoan song. His appearance is supported by the Kathleen Ferrier Awards.

Saturday 31st October

Iestyn Davies MBE and Joseph Middleton perform Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin. Iestyn Davies ‘reigns supreme among countertenors’ (The Independent) and is becoming increasingly well known for his intelligent and considered readings of core Lied repertoire. He has twice been awarded the Gramophone Recital Award and recently joined an impressive list of luminaries to receive the Wigmore Medal in recognition of his international standing and impressive contribution to the hall. Rising star, the ‘superbly controlled, sensuous soprano‘ (Opera Today) of Nardus Williams also performs Liszt, Brahms and Wolf.

For information about Leeds Town Hall’s Coronavirus policy, please refer to the ‘Plan your visit’ page on the https://www.leedstownhall.co.uk/ website.

SCHEDULE CHANGES AND REFUNDS:  We will make every effort to present the programme exactly as advertised.  However, should the circumstances change due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we reserve the right to change artists and programmes at short notice and kindly ask for your understanding in these circumstances.  Refunds will only be offered where an event is cancelled.  Refunds will not be offered where artist or programme alterations are made.
In the unlikely case of technical problems with the livestream, the event will be made available as soon as possible and confirmation of this will be emailed to all pass holders.
If as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we are not able to have a live audience in Leeds Town Hall, ticket holders will have the option to receive a livestream pass and a refund of the balance of their ticket money, or a full refund of their ticket money.  All pass holders will have access to their booked event until two weeks after the date of the concert.